The Diaries of Elizabeth Alice Ely 1854

May 1854

Wed Apr 26 It has rained in showers all day, thundered some this evening.
Fri Apr 28 It continued to rain through the day and night, and was quite cold.
Sat Apr 29 It rained all the forenoon, but in the afternoon the clouds broke away and it looked as if it would clear off, pleasant, but towards night it came on to rain and blow hard and continued to all night and the freshet rose fast.
Sun Apr 30 It has rained the most of the day, and the freshet is rising higher, higher.

May 1854
Mon May 1 It has been a pleasant day. The freshet keeps rising, and the river is full of wood, timber,rail and such like. The steamboat depot at Middletown was brought down by the freshet this forenoon and stopped just below here. This afternoon a bridge belonging to Chester came down and was stopped. An ice house just above was torn down and there was a plenty of ice to cool down the freshet with. This is the longest freshet that was ever known by the oldest inhabitants here, unless the one of the year 1801.
Tue May 2 It has been a pleasant day. We washed. In the morning the freshet was still rising, about noon, it came to a stand, and in the afternoon it began to fall a little. The ‘Hartford Republican” states the water had risen there29 1/2 ft. above low water mark, a fifth of the city is under water, 1500 persons at the least have been thrown out of employment, 3 or 4 drowned, the lots of property there and all along the river is very great, they have given the freshet the name of Nebraska flood, and state it to be the largest on record.
Wed May 3 Has been a cloudy day, rained some in the morning, and in the course of the previous night an ice house was carried away up to Chester. Caroline Miner landed here from the steamboat. Jane Harrison called here in the forenoon. The freshet continued to fall slowly.
Thur May 4 A cloudy day, rained the night before. Mrs.. Young called here, she took the steamboat to Middletown.
Fri May 5 It has been cloudy a part of the day, but very pleasant the rest until towards night when there was a shower and after it a rainbow. W’m Pitt Ely spent the day here and Oscar went home with him to spend the night.
Sat May 6 It has been a clear day, but the wind blew hard at the westward. Caroline Miner and Caroline Warner called here they took the boat to Middletown, Caroline M…… is going to school. We planted our flower-garden in the afternoon. The freshet is falling fast.
Mon May 8 A pleasant day. We washed.
Tue May 9 A pleasant day, in the forenoon I ironed. Mother cleaned house some. Towards night I called up to Mrs. Oren Binnings, Mrs. Frank LaPlace, Mrs. R LaPlace, and to Mrs. Jonathan LaPlace. Mrs.. Eliza LaPlace is visiting at Mrs.. Jonathan LaPlaces.
Wed May 10 It was calm and pleasant part of the day, and cloudy the rest with a little sprinkling of rain. The freshet has got pretty well down and there is (cr-s-ing) on the beach again. Miss Abby Phelps and her five children Mary Elizabeth & Caroline Matilda spent the day here. Caroline Warner landed from the steamboat and stopped and took dinner here. Towards night Mrs. Andrew called here. In the evening there was a thunder shower and it was showery through the night.
Thur May 11 A warm cloudy day. Mother and I commenced to piece a bed quilt. Mother rec’d a letter from Aunt E.
Fri May 12 It was foggy in the morning, in the middle of the day clear and warm, at night cloudy. We finished piecing the bed quilt. Marion Chapel called here in the morning, she went to Middletown in the Portland.
Sat May 13 It was cloudy in the morning the rest of the day warm and pleasant, Mr. Hubbard and Mr. Shaddick from Middletown called here. In the afternoon, I went over to Hamburgh to the stores, and called to Aunt Mary amd took tea. Mrs. Lyon and her five youngest children were there. Harriet LaPlace came home yesterday.
Mon May 15 It was foggy and cloudy in the morning but soon cleared off and was warm and pleasant the rest of the day.
Tue May 16 Was a pleasant day, sprinkled a little in the morning for a while. We cleaned kitchen.
Wed May 17 Was a cloudy day. Mother was sick with a headache.
Thur May 18 Was a cloudy unpleasant day, rained all day. The freshet is rising again. Mr. Hungerford called here.
Fri May 19 It was cloudy in the morning, but cleared off quite warm.
Sat May 20 It was foggy and cloudy in the morning but soon cleared off and was warm. This afternoon it clouded up again. Ellen & Ernest went to Hamburgh and spent the day. Ellen went to Aunt Emma’s and Ernest to Aunt Mary Ann.
Sun May 21 In the morning it was foggy and cloudy, but along in the afternoon, cleared off warm and pleasant a while and then clouded up again.
Mon May 22 A pleasant day. In the morning Mother went to Essex in a boat with Mr. (Oliphalet) Brockway, and walked up towards (night). We washed before she went. Towards night I called over to Mr.. Damen’s.
Tue May 23 Another pleasant day. In the forenoon I cleaned a bedroom, this afternoon sewed.
Wed May 24 A warm day. Mrs. Taylor & little boy and Caroline Miner came down from Middletown in the Cricket, they called here. Ellen LaPlace came home from school with (Is…) to spend the night. Marion Chapel called here.
Thur May 25 In the forenoon it was clear and pleasant, there was a thunder shower about 1 o’clock, and an eclipse of the sun at 4. Uncle Jacob & Aunt Emeline arrived here in the afternoon, they came from Boston the day before. They left their oldest child home and brought the other with them, his name is Louis Bradford he is 7 months old.
Sat May 27 It was pleasant most of the day. Mrs. Hungerford spent the day here.
Sun May 28 Was a warm day. In the afternoon, Uncle Jacob, Aunt Emeline & I went to meeting. Mr.. Chilendess preached. Toward night Mrs. Hungerford, Mrs. Matilda LaPlace, Harriet LaPlace and Emma W……. called here.
Mon May 29 A pleasant day. I commenced to work on a collar.
Tue May 30 Was an unpleasant day, rained in the afternoon. Uncle Jacob, Aunt E………. went on board the Cricket for Hartford, and were going from there to Boston.


June 1854

Thu Jun 1 A pleasant cool day. Mrs. Miner Mrs. Taylor spent the forenoon here. Mrs. Taylor took the boat for Middletown. Father came ome from the fish place at night. They have got through fishing, they have caught but a few shad, the freshet flooded the fish place. Was a warm day. Dr. Babcock came to see Mother she has not been very well for 2 or 3 days.
Mon Jun 5 Another warm day. I washed. Mother is some better. Mr.. Selden Post and wife called here they took the boat for Hartford.
Tue Jun 6 Another warm day. I baked some and ironed some. Father went on board the Cricket at 2 o’clock, and went to Middletown and came down in the Granite State. Mr. (D-xin) took breakfast here. Towards night I called up to (Mrs.. Abbi Phelpses) .
Wed Jun 7 There was a thunder shower in the morning and it rained by spells through the day, there was another thunder shower in the evening. Mr. Post and wife landed here from the Cricket, they took dinner here. Catherine Ely came here at night.
Fri Jun 9 Was a clear windy day. ElizaTrask and Harriet LaPlace called here, Eliza went on board the Cricket to go to Lyme, from thence she was to take the cars to New London. Mr. Jonathan LaPlace and wife and little girl Arabella and Mary (Leay) landed from the Island Belle. I went over to Mrs.. Harrison’s and spent the evening. Elizabeth Warner is boarding there.
Sat Jun 10 It has been cloudy most of the day and very cool. In the afternoon I went over to Hamburgh in a boat with Father. Mrs. Nancy (Damon) went over and back with us, and Mrs.. L (Damon) came back with us. Towards night I called up to Mr. Frank LaPlaces and rode from there up to Mr. Miner’s with Joseph Warner Elizabeth and called.
Sun Jun 11 Was a cloudy day, towards night Caroline Miner, Caroline Warner , Marien & Leona C called here.
Mon Jun 12 It was very warm in the forenoon, but about noon there was quite a shower which made it cool and comfortable the rest of the day. We washed. Mrs.. Harrison and Elizabeth Warner called over here in the evening. Mr. Horace Chapel died in the morning at 5 o’clock, he died in Boston of the comsumption.
Tue Jun 13 Was a cloudy day, on the forenoon I ironed, in the afternoon commenced to work on another collar. Towards night I called up to Mrs.. Jefferson Warner & Mrs.. Jonathan LaPlace.
Wed Jun 14 It has been a very warm day. In the afternoon Father carried Mother and the baby over to Aunt Mary Ann, to make a visit , Lewis went over there from school. Mrs.. LaPlace called here she intended to spend the afternoon, but Mother was gone, so she did not. I heard thunder shower this evening.
Thu Jun 15 It was very warm in the forenoon, but in the afternoon it was cloudy and rather cooler and thundered some, but did not rain here. Mr. Jonathan LaPlace came here to work on a barn: Father has torn down the old one and is going to build another.
Fri Jun 16 Was another warm day, foggy at night. i.Mother came home about noon. Aunt Mary Ann sent me a present of a breast pin.
Sat Jun 17 Commenced to work on a pair of undersleeves.
Sun Jun 18 It has been a warm day. Towards night I called up to Mrs.. Miner.
Mon Jun 19 A very warm day. Towards night clouded up and thundered some, but it did not make out a shower here. We washed.
Tue Jun 20 Another warm day. In the forenoon Heber and I went to Essex. I called up to Aunt Janies and took dinner , we got home about 3 o’clock, there was no school, Elizabeth Warner was sick. Towards night I called up to Mr. Henry LaPlace and Mr. Jefferson Warner.
Wed Jun 21 Was cool comfortable day. In the afternoon they raised the barn.
Thur Jun 22 A cloudy day, sprinkled some in the forenoon. Heber carried me over the river and I went down to Miss Mary (Doan..) and called.
Fri Jun 23 Was another cloudy day. In the forenoon I went up to Mrs. Henry LaPlace’s and callled, towards night Henry LaPlace came down and buchered our calf.
Sat Jun 24 It was cloudy some of the day, and pleasant some. Mother went over to Mrs. Louisa Post’s and spent the afternoon, Jane Harrison, George Warner and (Treb) spent the eve here.
Sun Jun 25 A pleasant day. Jane Warner was buried, she died the Friday night before. I went to meeting at half past 5 o’clock. Mr. Loveland preached.
Mon Jun 26 Another pleasant day. We washed. Towards night I called over to Mrs. Post’s. Isabel went over to (Angenette Tooker, to spend the night. Albert Ely spent the night here.
Tue Jun 27 A warm day. (Celic) Brockway came down to spend the night with Ellen.
Wed Jun 28 A warm day, the wind blew fresh at the southward. Marion (Chapel) and Leora called here. Marion went to Middletown in the Island Belle she took Cora Banning with her. Towards night it clouded up and thundered some. Uncle (Calvin) called here and I went to Hamburgh with him and went down to Uncle Wms to spend the night, Louisa is sick.
Thu Jun 29 Another warm day. In the morning Aunt Emma Louisa and I went a riding we rode up to Aunt Mary Ann’s and back. In the afternoon I came home, went over to Mrs. Harrison’s to spend the night as she was alone.
Fri Jun 30 A cloudy unpleasant day, rained in the forenoon. I finished working my undersleeves.

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Jeremiah Lord (1768)

Jeremiah’s oldest son, Jeremiah, Jr. stayed in Old Saybrook and married Mary (Polly) Hayden October 21 1795 at the age of 29. Mary was born in 1771 in Old Saybrook and died there at the age of 68 November 17, 1838. Jeremiah, Jr. died October 9, 1855 at the age of 89. Cause of death – old age and fever. The Old Saybrook records tell a sad tale of Jeremiah’s family. The baptismal records show the following:

Eliza baptized August 1 1802
Polly Baptized August 31, 1806
Sarah baptized April 3, 1810
William baptized November 10, 1799
William age 6 died October 22, 1805 of dysentery
William died age 3 weeks February 1807 of convulsions
William baptized March 10, 1808

Jeremiah’s first son William died at age 6 of dysentery. Two years later his second son William died after three weeks. A third son William is born in 1808. This William creates a mystery for in Jeremiah’s small family plot in the Junction Cemetery near the railroad station in Old Saybrook there is a worn stone inscribed “William died February, 1808 aged 8.” The mystery deepens when we realise that our ancestor, William John Lord, son of Jeremiah, was born in Old Saybrook May 13, 1814.

If William 3 died in 1807 it is easy to understand William 4 being born and baptized a year later in 1808, but what of the stone marking the death of William in 1808 at age 8. And where is recorded the birth and baptism of William John Lord in 1814? The evidence suggests several of Jeremiah’s died at an early age until finally one survived.

The small Lord plot in the Junction Cemetery is the earliest physical evidence of the Lord family line. Jeremiah and Polly are here as are several of their children. Polly H. Lord died June 12, 1876 aged 69 having been born in 1797. Was it she who was baptized in 1806 when she was 9 years old?

Jeremiah’s stone has a lovely verse now dimmed by time. The presently legible part of the verse reads “Till the last trumpets joyful sound/shall call them to the sky”. I have tried to decipher the two lines that come before these but with only partial success. I do remember seeing somewhere amongst some old family stuff the complete verse that someone like Aunt Isabel had copied from the stone. Let’s look for it.

Other stones in the plot are marked as follows:

William Lord, son of Jeremiah and Polly d. 22 Oct 1806 age 6 years
William Lord 2nd son of Jeremiah and Polly d. 1 Feb age 3 weeks
John died …….1810 age 6 years
Sally H. Lord died Feb. 15 1876 aged 66
Polly H. Lord died June 12 1876 aged 69

Were Sally and Polly two unmarried daughters who died within 4 months of each other? And what of John who died when he as 6 years old? Or was he another William John Lord?

Jeremiah’s family seems a tangled web of changing names, and early deaths. Perhaps we can unravel the mystery with some deeper digging into the records.

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William Lord (1618))

 William Lord (1618))

In 1678 Saybrook voted to build a new stone meeting house measuring 50 feet by 30 feet. William Lord was appointed to the committee to “consider the capacity of the town for erecting of a new meeting house”.

William’s son by his first marriage, Lt. Richard Lord, married Elizabeth Hyde of Norwich and settled in Lyme where his two sons became the progenitors of numerous Lord families of Lyme and his seven daughters married into leading Lyme families. Richard is not Ross Lord’s ancestor so his family can only call the Lords of Lyme “cousin”.

In 1650 Saybrook records tell us that William’s share of the land division extended along the west side of Main Street from Capt. Morgan’s Corner to where Mrs. Day now lives (1984). His house probably stood where Mrs. Bull now lives (1984). Ahh, William if you had only held on to that land and insured it passed to subsequent generations!

William’s first wife died and he married Lydia Buckland Brown of Rehoboth, Massachusetts on June 3, 1664. William and Lydia had a pre-nuptial agreement in which William promised to double her estate which was valued at 85 pounds guaranteeing that on his death it would be worth 170 pounds. To confirm the deal he bound over to her two houses, 73 acres of land, 16 acres near Oyster River and 250 pounds worth of meadow land.

William and Lydia Lord had seven children in addition to the eight from his previous marriage. Their dates of birth are as follows: Benjamin 1666, James 1668, Samuel 1670, Dorothy 1672, Daniel 1773, Hannah 1675, and Elizabeth 1676.

In 23 years of marriage from 1643 to 1776 William fathered 15 children with two wives! Daniel, his thirteenth child and 10th son, is our ancestor. Aside from his busy schedule raising and producing children William was acquiring land. He purchased much of the land that later became the town of Salem and in April 1669 he received 8 square miles of land from Chapeto,a kinsman of Uncas. William was on good terms with Chapeto and Uncas.

The date of William’s death is recorded as May 17 1678. He died in Saybrook but the location of this burial is not known. He died at age 60, young for a member for a member of the Lord family! Perhaps family life just wore him out.

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Thomas Lord (1585)

Thomas Lord came from England where he was born in 1588, the son of Richard Lord and Joan Lord of Towcester, Northampton. His will dated May 30, 1610 mentions sums of money, a house and an apple orchard. Richard was born about 1555, marrying Joan about 1582. He was buried in Towcester Oct 16, 1610 and Joan was buried there on September 22, 1610. Four children were recorded:

Elizabeth 1583
Thomas 1585
Ellen 1587
Alice 1590

It is recorded that Alice married Richard Morris May 20, 1611. There is speculation that Richard Lord was descended from the Lord family of Yelvertoft, Northampton, England. Thomas, Richard’s first son and second child, married Dorothy Bird February 23, 1610/11. She was the daughter of Robert and Amy Bird of Towcester having been baptized May 25, 1588 in St. Lawrence Church in Towcester. Page 25 of the ancient marriage License Book of Peterborough ( near Towcester) shows their marriage license was issued on February 20, 1610/11. Their children’s baptisms were recorded as follows:

Richard January 5, 1611/12
Anne September 18, 1614
Thomas November 15, 1616
William December 27, 1618
Robert May 12, 1620
John January 21, 1623/24
Aymie November 30, 1626
Dorothy July 1, 1629

On April 29, 1635 Thomas Lord registered to leave London for New England in the ship Elizabeth and Ann captained by Robert Cooper. Thomas was 50 at the time. Dorothy was 46. Their children’s ages were as follows: Thomas, Jr. 16, Ann 14, William 12, John 10, Robert 9, Aymie 6 and Dorothy 4. It seems remarkable that a husband and wife well into their middle years and with six children ,the youngest 4, would embark on such an adventure. Uncertain though their future was they must have had a vision of something much better than what they knew in England.

Richard Lord, Thomas’s eldest son , had been sent ahead in 1632 perhaps with the idea that he would prepare the way for the remainder of the family. Richard settled in Newtown, Massachusetts. The family joined him there in 1635 after their arrival in Boston. At this time the Plymouth Colony had grown beyond its early boundaries and the Massachusetts colony was thriving.

The reason for Thomas and Dorothy’s willingness to abandon their apparently comfortable life is England becomes more evident when it is known tat that one of their fellow passengers aboard the Elizabeth and Ann was the Reverend Thomas Hooker. Reverend Hooker was a powerful and devout man who left England to preserve his own life for the the crown was not happy with his belief and preachings. A group of loyal followers, Thomas and Dorothy among them, accompanied Rev. Hooker.

Settlement in Newtown did not last for long and Rev Hooker and his group resolved to find their own settlement away from the influences and controls of others. I 1636 they set off into wilderness and journeyed westward to the Connecticut River. Their trek has become legendary and perhaps represents the first step in the westward expansion of our country. Driving their cattle and carrying Thomas Hooker’s wife in a litter they walked from Newtown to the present site of Hartford, Connecticut where they built their first homes, small cave-like dwelling dug into earthen banks. The one hundred who made the trip arrived in June of 1636. Land was purchased from the Indians and divided into lots. Thomas Lord became an original proprietor and founder of the city of Hartford. The monument to the founders of the Hartford Colony contains his name.His home lot and home were on what is now Willis Street near the home of his friend Thomas Hooker. Thomas Jr and Richard had lots next to their father.

There are no records to tell us of the death and burial of Thomas, Sr. although we know he was living in 1634/5 as he is mentioned in Hartford records. Dorothy died in 1675 at the age of 86. Her will exists and lists her possessions valued at 187 pounds, 17 shillings, 8 pence. The will suggests Thomas and Dorothy lived well and were important members of the Hartford colony.

Thomas, Jr. became the first recorded doctor in Connecticut. William, Thomas, Sr.’s fourth child, remained in Hartford, marrying first to Hattie Nickerson in 1642. They moved to Saybrook in about 1645. William acquired considerable land in Saybrook and across the Connecticut River in Lyme. The lives of Lord men seem to have become tied to owning land and William seems to first to have established this trend.

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This page was created to share the Lord family genealogical and biographical information with family members and researchers.

Our parents Hamilton W Lord and our mother Sólveig V Vilbergs , but this site is dedicated to their sons Reynir and Pálmi Lord witch is so unique in many ways but first and foremost we are the  first Lordś in Iceland, we have most of out life’s lived in Iceland but also lived and worked in US,  we both Decided in 2010 to get our  Icelandic citizenship,  between us both we have total of  5 kids, 4 boys and one girl.

We both are Geeks and have been since we first started playing around Computers, both of us have been to Sea for many years.


Velkominn á Lord síðuna okkar, þessi síða er tileinkuð Reyni og Pálma Lord en við erum fyrstu Lordanir á Íslandi, okkar ætttar nafn er tilkomið fá USA en móðir okkar Sólveig V Vilbergs kvæntist  Hamilton Warner Lord og við það komum við í heiminn, við höfum alla okkar tíð búið á Íslandi eða frá þvi við vorum 5 og 3 ára. Við höfum búið í USA t.d. Ohio, Colorado, Georgia, Florida , Virginia, en mest í Ohio,  við erum báðir tölvunördar og erum stoltir af því,  en það má segja að við höfum báðir fengið bakteríuna þegar við fengum okkar fyrstu tölvu.



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